Feb 27 2019
CAPERS is hosting the Susan Goodwin Trunk Show on March 9th and 10th from 10am-6pm.
When Susan was 3 years old, her mother brought her from the PNW to Hawaii, where Susan became entranced by nature and discovered her passion for texture, color and light. Always artistic, Susan first began by managing her own hand embroidery business. In the early 80’s, she began her love of jewelry creation.
She first experimented with ancient glass trade beads that were gifted from a friend. She advanced to the blowtorch, where she spent countless hours testing glass and why some techniques worked and others didn’t. As her skills progressed, she discovered a love for precious stones and pearls. She now draws inspiration from the 1950’s, mixing classic with modern.
“There isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t shine brighter while wearing a strand of pearls.” Susan says. “Pearls frame a face like nothing else. They often are used as reward for life’s passages, a graduation, a wedding, an anniversary, a child. It seems especially poetic when you consider that pearls symbolize an irritant becoming something prized and beautiful. Each one has its own character, shape, color and luster. Once you’ve bonded with a pearl, there’s precious little that can take its place.”
Susan Goodwin has been a featured jeweler at CAPERS for over 25 years. She was one of the first jewelers that we ever presented and we are so thankful to have found her. Everyone who purchases her jewelry feels as though they’ve found a new-age twist to a classy, old-style look.
Feb 20 2019
When purchasing home goods, it’s important to think of longevity. Rather than purchasing something to last 6 months or less, you can purchase something to last for years. CAPERS strongly believes and supports shopping for durability and quality and our store strives to reflect exactly that. Most items in-store are either local or imported from other countries such as France and Nepal. Quality, sustainability and fair-trade are at the forefront of the purchasing decisions.
Items made to last, all from France:
Le’ Jacquard Francais linens- Since 1888, Le’ Jacquard Francais has been making textiles in France. The brand is one of the most internationally well-known for high end table linens. The firm only uses natural fibers: cotton and linen, which are among the finest on the market. They are both produced with the longest fibers, which help to keep the vibrancy in the colors. We like it most for the designs, color combinations and durability of these tablecloths, tea towels and napkins.
Sabre was founded in 1993 and is known for it’s high social level cutlery. The founder’s project was to ‘cut through the monotony of tableware, combining, for the first time, craftsmanship and freedom with colours, shapes and materials.’ The blades are created in a stainless-steel and carbon alloy to ensure a high cutting capacity. The handles are made of acrylic and created to remain bright without darkening over time. We love the vibrant colors and beautiful neutrals; adding color to your table setting in an unusual way.
Revol began in 1768 in Lyon, France and 9 generations of family have taken over the company to continue the legacy. In 1980, the firing process was refined and the company then stuck to porcelain, adjusting the name to Revol Porcelain. The goal has always been to redefine tableware and make it stand out from the crowd. The brand has lasted for over 250 years because of the quality and longevity of its products. We love this tableware because it’s microwave safe and lasts forever. We have first hand experience using these plates and they truly are strong and easy to clean!
Fermob is yet another brand that’s known to last. Their designs have been made for over 100 years. Originally a manufacturer of metal tables and chairs, they know offer a wide range of outdoor furniture, accessories and lighting solutions. The brand always seeks the best materials in their creations, adding wood elements and other matter. The goal of the brand is to add color, friendliness and sociability to outdoor furniture and accessories. Capers loves it because it’s made to last, the colors are fabulous and it’s really comfortable.
Feb 8 2019
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and sometimes it can be difficult to think of a thoughtful gift idea. It’s safe to say that most women can all agree on their love for candles, chocolates and jewelry, and we have you covered on every front. As jewelry is very unique to each person’s distinctive sense of style, we have an eclectic array of options.
Below is a list of jewelry makers that CAPERS carries in-store.
Verre Modern: Verre is the french word for glass and not coincidentally, the reason for the brand name. With the belief that less is more, the founder decided on simple but elegant glass designs for her jewelry. 10% of the sales go to charitable giving to encourage the idea of feeling good while you shop.
Alizah Olivas: Alizah is a West Seattle native that has been making jewelry for just over 5 years. She enjoys forging fine silver and working with semi-precious stones. Combining work and fun, Alizah is continuously passionate about creating jewelry and experimenting with merging silver and stones.
Susan Goodwin: With over 35 years of experience in the art of jewelry making, Susan’s current focus is in pearls and precious stones. Also a Washington native, Susan has done extensive travel and landed back in the PNW, creating jewelry as more than just a hobby but a way to make women shine brighter.
Uni: Uni creator is now a Portland local and gets inspiration from nature and her surroundings. Each piece of jewelry is hand-made and the technique is unique to each. Uni ties ancient to modern and simple to complex, finding beauty in how these polarities transform into wearable objects of adornment.
Shelli Markee: Shelli’s work is an expression of her life full of family, friends and shared creative expression. With a background in design, photography and music, Shelli was bound to find a creative outlet that allowed her to share and evolve her unique sense of style. She finds pride and gratitude in jewelry making.
Potluck Paris: Sourced from Parisian designers, Potluck Paris offers jewelry that is on the cutting edge of fashion. Specializing in chunky rings, hammered cuffs, elaborate bracelets and divine necklaces, any outfit can be dressed up or down.
Each jeweler has remarkable characteristics that set them apart from traditional jewelry found in most stores. From chunky to dainty and everything in between, CAPERS’ jewelry selection will surely fit your loved one’s flair. Our staff is happy to help find the best fit for your Valentine/Galentine!